After a disappointing 27-55 season, the Trail Blazers had high hopes heading into the 2022 NBA Draft Lottery with a 37.2 percent chance of a top 4 pick and a 9 percent chance of being No. 1 overall pick and eventually slipped one place back to pick #7.
Led by franchise cornerstone Damian Lillard, the Trail Blazers aren’t entirely rebuilding, but are retooling around their superstar, with some intriguing options at their disposal in the upcoming draft.
However, the biggest question the Blazers face on Draft Day is whether they will even retain their first-round pick.
The Blazers want to be competitive next season and adding a second star alongside Lillard is ideal for that scenario Detroit Pistons forward Jerami Grant a reported objective that can be acquired via trading with selection #7.
Will the Blazers look to secure a potential future star with their draft pick, or maximize the window they have with Lillard?
Where do the blazers end up in the draft order? Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the 2022 NBA Draft.
Trail Blazers 2022 Draft Picks: When Will Portland Pick?
The Blazers have No. 7 overall in the first round and two selections in the second round.
- Round 1, #7
- Round 2, #36
- Round 2, #57
Trail Blazers 2022 NBA draft order
Trail Blazers draft needs
The Trail Blazers have committed to rebuilding franchise cornerstone Damian Lillard in the blink of an eye.
- Circumference size and length: With 6-3 Anfernee Simons taking a leading role alongside the 6-2 Lillard, Portland finds itself once again in terms of girth size and length. Whether the Blazers will trade the 7th pick for a player like Grant or draft a top forward remains to be seen.
- Rim protection: Jusuf Nurkic goes into unrestricted free hands. Even if the Blazers bring him back, they still need to shore up a frontcourt in 2021-22 that has no other players above 6-9 on it.
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Trail Blazers Mock Draft 2022
Here are the latest predictions for the Trail Blazers, according to TSN draft guru Kyle Irving:
Round 1, #7: Dyson Daniels, G League Ignite
The Trail Blazers need help defensively, and Daniels is one of the best and most versatile defensemen in this draft class.
At 6-foot-8 with a 6-foot-11 wingspan, Daniels can guard up and down the position chart with his height, length and speed. He’s a jumbo playmaker who can make life easier for Damian Lillard and Anfernee Simons when he has the ball in his hands, but he can also run the ball out and score as a slasher.
After spending a year at Ignite, he’ll be ready to make an immediate impact that fits Lillard’s win-now timeline more than some of these other prospects.
Round 2, #36: Wendell Moore Jr., F, Duke
Round 2, #57. (via MEM): Trevion Williams, C, Purdue